“It just adds another level of difficulty,” he said.
It was a funereal moment in the Senate as tears were shed on the floor, in the spectator’s gallery and among the Franken aides seated somberly on a bench against the back wall on the Democratic side of the chamber. Mr. Franken himself remained composed and was at times defiant, saying that he was confident that he would be exonerated by an ethics investigation but that he had lost his effectiveness as a senator.
“There is a big part of me that will always regret having to walk away from this job with so much work to be done,” Mr. Franken said.
The two top Senate Democrats — Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard J. Durbin of Illinois — turned in their seats to listen to their junior colleague who had meant so much to the party upon his arrival in July 2009 after a contested recount of an election that he noted Thursday he won by a...
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